Protecting our Jewish Community
ADL Pacific Southwest Region keeps Jewish institutions informed of security issues through security briefings and alerts. We assist victims of anti-Semitism or discrimination. ADL works with local elected officials, the media, law enforcement, government agencies, school districts, colleges and universities on issues of concern to the Jewish community.
Words to Action: Community and Campus
One of ADL’s longest-standing community education programs, Words to Action
(formerly Confronting Anti-Semitism
), is offered in two formats in the Pacific Southwest Region. One teaches youth groups and synagogue students in grades 6 through 11 about the history of anti-Semitism and how to respond to modern-day anti-Semitism. The other provides seniors at Jewish schools, as well as current college students, with tools for responding to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities they may encounter on college campuses. Every program is tailored to the specific audience and community. In addition to interactive training, ADL provides participants with numerous ADL resources.
The Pacific Southwest Region hosts in-depth Holocaust education seminars for educators and community members. The Los Angeles Holocaust Education Institute
combines the best resources on teaching the Holocaust for educators in private, parochial and public schools. Echoes and Reflections – Leaders in Holocaust Education
is one of the signature programs presented by the Institute. It is a workshop presented by ADL in concert with Yad Vashem and the USC Shoah Foundation. The program prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives.
Bearing Fruit is a program of the Institute presented together by ADL and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to Catholic school educators. It provides tools to teach about anti-Semitism, the history of Jewish-Catholic relations, the Holocaust, and bigotry in contemporary society.
Institute participants receive professional development offerings, a comprehensive Teacher’s Resource Guide, visual history testimonies, and an expansive website with supplementary multimedia assets and supportive tools for secondary educators.
Contact us to organize a no-cost professional development program today!
A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute
As a leading provider of anti-bias education, ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute recognizes that attitudes and beliefs affect actions, and that each of us can have an impact on others, and ultimately, on the world in which we live. The Institute offers anti-bias training programs for pre-K through 12th grade school communities—students, educators, administrators and families—which focus on the development of an inclusive culture and respectful school climate by addressing issues of bias and bullying. The Institute’s customizable, interactive training programs and standards-based classroom curricula incorporate the latest research from the education field. The link above will direct you to more detailed information on each program available in our region.
Speakers Task Force
The Speakers Task Force provides speakers to community and educational groups in Southern California. Speakers are committed ADL activists who reach out to members of the community, heightening their awareness of important issues. Speakers present on various topics that concern ADL such as Anti-Semitism in the U.S. and Around the World, Religious Freedom, ADL & Law Enforcement
and U.S. Anti-Israel Activity
. Most speeches are 35 to 45 minutes in length with an additional 15 minutes for questions. Please click here
and complete the web form to arrange a speaker for a house of worship, social club or community group at no cost to you
and or contact us
if you are interested in receiving training in order to speak on behalf of ADL.
ADL Pacific Southwest Region maintains close ties to local, state and federal legislators, lobbies on pending legislation, organizes meetings with elected officials to discuss issues of concern to ADL, and assists legislators with resources and programs.
With more than 90 consular offices based in Los Angeles, the ADL Pacific Southwest Region maintains an active outreach program to the international diplomatic corps based in Los Angeles. ADL raises awareness of issues of concern to Jewish communities around the world and advocates for Israel through regular contact with representatives of foreign countries based in Los Angeles.
The Initiative was founded by the Anti-Defamation League in December 2006 as a partnership with the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Japanese American National Museum, Korean American Coalition, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans. Since that time, the Initiative has brought together members of the business, civic, academic and interfaith communities to engage in a variety of innovative programs and activities that include political, social, religious and cultural components. The Initiative’s mission is: “to advance alliances and partnerships between Asian and Jewish communities in Los Angeles through constructive dialogue and exploration of common ground; to empower and enrich both communities; and to foster a positive environment for open and frank discussion about topics of mutual concern.”
The Roundtable was founded by ADL in 1992 as a mechanism for bringing together leaders from the Latino and Jewish communities. Since that time, the Roundtable has convened meetings with members of the business, civic, academic and interfaith communities to engage in a variety of innovative programs and activities that include political, social, religious and cultural components. The Roundtable’s mission is: “to advance alliances and partnerships between Latino and Jewish communities in Los Angeles through constructive dialogue and exploration of common ground; to empower and enrich both communities; and to foster a positive environment for open and frank discussion about topics of mutual concern.”
The Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) is a ten-month program designed to educate a select group of dynamic young adults in their 30′s and 40′s about the crucial and multifaceted work of ADL. The program culminates with a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference.
The NextGen program was created to engage, educate and sustain the future leaders of the Anti-Defamation League. Through a variety of educational and social events, NextGen introduces ADL’s mission, policies, and initiatives to new, youthful audiences and emerging community leaders.
Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate
Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect Americans from the threat of extremism, terrorism and hate—and are often the first line of defense. The Anti-Defamation League’s Sherwood Prize recognizes those law enforcement professionals who are so committed to their work that they make a significant difference in their communities and serve as role models for their departments. We honor those officers who go above and beyond the call of duty to protect the community from hatred and bigotry.
Law Enforcement Outreach and Training
ADL provides resources and training to law enforcement on the threats of extremism and terrorism. Special updates are sent to our law enforcement partners about extremism groups and individuals, hate crimes, tattoo and symbol recognition, and cross-jurisdictional matters.
In 2015, ADL’s Pacific Southwest Region partnered with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust to bring Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS) to the West Coast. An innovative and nationally acclaimed training program for law enforcement, from police recruits to executives, LEAS examines the history of the Holocaust and its implications for law enforcement today, focusing on the core values of American law enforcement and its role as protectors of the Constitution and individual rights. Created in 1998 by ADL and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, LEAS is offered free of cost to law enforcement.